Tropar - Tone 4
With thy virtues, as with the rays of the sun, thou didst enlighten the unbelieving philosophers; and like the most radiant moon shining on those who walk at night, thou didst drive away the darkness of unbelief. Thou didst bring the empress to faith and didst denounce the tyrant, O divinely elect bride. O blessed Catherine, with desire thou didst make haste to the heavenly bridal chamber, to Christ the most comely Bridegroom, and by Him has thou been crowned with a royal crown. Standing with the angels before Him, do thou pray for us who keep thy most honored memory.
Kondak - Tone 2
O ye who love the martyrs, raise up an honored chorus in godly manner; honoring the most wise Catherine; for in the arena she preached Christ and trod upon the serpent, putting down the knowledge of the rhetors.
Divine Liturgy in English every Saturday at 9am.
Bible Study after Liturgy.
St Andrew Russian Orthodox Church
6465 54th Ave. N. St. Petersburg, FL 33709
His Eminence Hilarion, Metropolitan of Eastern America & New York
Bishop Nicholas of Manhattan
Christ is in our midst!
We have come to the third preparatory Sunday of the fast - that of the Last and Dread Judgement. On the Saturday before we always commemorate the departed, as our prayers are needed by those who are no longer able to repent. The hour of death finds almost everyone unprepared for that which awaits them. This is why our Lord always warns us to be vigilant - that we do not depart this world unprepared. What does it mean to be prepared? To have confessed and repented of our sins, forgiven all offenses against us, made peace with those with whom we may be in conflict and having striven to keep the commandments of Christ, for Christ says: If you love Me keep my commandments.
This is made quite clear in the parable of the Last Judgement: we will be judged based on how we love God, our fellow man and our own soul. God is love. We must learn to love as God loves. This is the purpose of all of our prayers, fasting, vigils etc… is to become perfected in love. As we read the lives of the saints we can see how love in manifest.
We love God by keeping his commandments. God is good; His commandments are good and are given to us - not to restrict us - but to keep us from wandering astray and being deceived and cast into the pit. By keeping the divine commandments we commune with God, we participate in the fellowship of the Holy Trinity. This is pleasing to God. This is why He created us: to abide with Him.
We are to love our neighbor because the same image and likeness of God is in each and every person. This is why Christ says at the Dread Judgement: When you did (not) do it to the least of these, you did (not) do it unto Me. To love others means to humble ourselves and to put them first - with a cheerful, gracious heart.
And we love our own soul by cleansing it from sin so that it may be filled with the Holy Spirit. Thus our fasting, prayers, tears, vigils, charity, etc. We must never neglect the image and likeness of God within ourselves.
This Sunday is also known as Meatfare. It is the last day on which we consume meat before Pascha. Next week is butter week (maslenica). Dairy products may be consumed all week. It is recommended that, as we begin to restrict what we eat, we begin to lessen how much we eat.
Please keep praying for our mission, for those who come as well as for those unknown to us, who are truly seeking Christ and His Church, yearning for the fulness of the Faith. We must always pray for Fr. Igor and the St. Andrew’s parish.
Saturday, March 6 - Memorial Saturday. Divine Liturgy in English at 9am. General Panikhida. Bible Study. Vigil at 5pm.
Sunday, March 7 - The Sunday of the Terrible Judgement. Meatfare Sunday. Divine Liturgy at 10am.
Saturday, March 13 - Memorial Saturday. Divine Liturgy in English at 9am. General Panikhida. Bible Study. Vigil at 5pm.
Sunday, March 14 - The Sunday of Forgivess. Cheesefare Sunday. The Commemoration of the Expulsion of Adam from Paradise. Divine Liturgy at 10am. Meat Fare.
Monday, March 15 - The first day of the great fast. Matins at 8am. Great Compline with the Great Cannon at 5pm.
Tuesday, March 16 - Matins at 8am. Great Compline with the Great Cannon at 5pm.
Wednesday, March 17 - Liturgy of the Presanctified Gifts at 8am. Great Compline with the Great Cannon at 5pm.
Thursday, March 18 - Matins at 8am. Great Compline with the Great Cannon at 5pm.
Friday, March 19 - Liturgy of the Presanctified Gifts at 8am. Matins at 5pm.
Saturday, March 20 - St Theodore Saturday. Divine Liturgy in English at 9am. Bible Study. Vigil at 5pm.
Sunday, March 21 - The Sunday of Orthodoxy. Divine Liturgy at 10am.
Reminder: We are concelebrating with Fr. Igor and the faithful of St. Andrew's Russian Orthodox Church, - 6465 54th Ave. N., - St. Petersburg, whose gracious hospitality is ever appreciated.
If you live in the greater Tampa Bay area and are interested in Orthodoxy or would like to help in establishing a traditional Orthodox parish in English
please call 727-239-9186 and leave a message or e-mail me at email@example.com.
I'd love to hear from you!
Fr. Stephen Zaremba
We are convinced that many today earnestly seek the ancient Christian Faith. It does not need to be rediscovered or reinvented. It is here -now. Always has been, always will be. It is our conviction that there are many who seek the true Life, the true Light, who seek to receive the heavenly Spirit, to worship the undivided Trinity. They are unknowingly Orthodox in heart; they yearn for Orthodoxy yet do not know that it even exists.
The Orthodox Faith is what has been believed by everyone everywhere from the beginning. It is not a religion, it is a way of life, it is life in Christ. It is open to all.
Why the Russian Orthodox Church? Because the Russian Orthodox Church has a rich history of missionary work, spreading the Gospel of Christ throughout the world.
Several Russian Orthodox Saints worked to enlighten America with the Gospel of Christ, beginning in Alaska where a great multitude of native Alaskans were brought to Christ. Among them are St. Herman of Alaska, St. Tikhon, Patriarch of Moscow and Apostle to
Twenty- nine thousand churches have been opened in twenty-eight years. That’s one thousand a year or three a day. Russia is rediscovering it’s rich Christian heritage and once again becoming a Christian country.
This rekindling of Russian Orthodox piety is resulting in the renewal of missionary ferver throughout the world.
Being the one Holy, Catholic (which means universal and should not be confused with being Roman) and Apostolic Church, the Orthodox Church has always sought to go and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. And while the Orthodox Church is often associated with the ethnic communities who brought the Faith with them from their homelands, one does not need to be Russian, Greek, Serbian, Syrian or any other ethnicity. One only needs the desire to embrace the Gospel, to encounter Christ.
We are looking for persons/families who wish to learn to live the life in Christ and form an Orthodox Christian community in the St. Petersburg, FL area. If you are interested, please contact Fr. Stephen at or call him at 727-239-9186.
As Philip once told Nathaniel: Come and see!
America, St. Innocent of Alaska and St. Jacob of Alaska (a native Alaskan). This was, of course, before the onslaught of godless communism, but has been rediscovered after the collapse of communism as churches are being renewed, rebuilt and new ones opened throughout Russia.
The following was a letter to the Roman Emperor Hadrian (d.138AD) from the Athenian Orator Aristides in which he depicts how the Early Christians lived. This is how Christianity conquered the world. This is how it will do so again...
“The Christians know and trust God…They placate those who oppress them and make them their friends; they do good to their enemies. Their wives are absolutely pure, and their daughters modest. Their men abstain from unlawful marriage and are free from all impurity: If any of them have bondwomen or children, they persuade them to become Christians for the love they have toward them; and when they become so, they call them without distinction brothers…They love one another: They do not refuse to help the widows. They rescue the orphan from him who does him violence. He who has, gives ungrudgingly to him who has not. If they see a stranger; they take him to their dwellings and rejoice over him as over a real brother; for they do not call themselves brothers after the flesh, but after the Spirit and in God…If any one among them is poor and needy; and they do not have food to spare, they fast for two or three days, that they may supply him with necessary food. They scrupulously obey the commands of their Messiah. Every morning and every hour they thank and praise God for His loving-kindness toward them…Because of them there flows forth all the beauty that there is in the world. But the good deeds they do, they do not proclaim in the ears of the multitude, but they take care that no one shall perceive them. Thus they labor to become righteous…Truly, this is a new people and there is something divine in them.”